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Eschar

Definition

Eschar is dead tissue that sheds from healthy skin. It is caused by a burn or cauterization. An escharotic is a substance (such as acids, alkalies, carbon dioxide, or metallic salts) that causes the tissue to die and shed.


Review Date: 5/12/2009
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